Temporary bridges planned for fallen I-5

SEATTLE - Temporary spans will be installed across the Skagit River in northern Washington state where an interstate highway span collapsed into the water this past week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday.

Inslee said he hopes the temporary spans, each with two lanes for northbound and southbound traffic, will be finished in about three weeks' time or about mid-June.

The spans will be pre-built and trucked to Mount Vernon, Wash., where the collapse happened.


Town cancels parade, citing aging veterans

BEVERLY - Veterans in suburban Boston gathered in a park to mark Memorial Day this year rather than hold a parade because of failing health and dwindling numbers.

The city of Beverly called off its parade this year because so few veterans would be able to march. The parade has been a fixture in the town since the Civil War.

Jerry Guilebbe is the city's Director of Veterans' Services. He says it can be difficult for older vets to take part.

Vietnam veteran Ron Innocenti tells WBZ-TV he hates canceling because of the message it sends to current service members. But he does understand the reason.


Woman marks 114th but goes fishing first

INKSTER - The birthday of one of the world's oldest people has drawn the attention of President Obama.

The Detroit Free Press reports that 114-year-old Jeralean Talley of Inkster got a personal note from the president, who says she's "part of an extraordinary generation."

Talley was born May 23, 1899, in Montrose, Ga., and has lived for decades in her Detroit suburb.

Guinness World Records says that 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan is the oldest living person, and AARP lists Talley as the oldest American.

About 100 guests turned out Sunday to celebrate Talley's birthday at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

She caught seven fish Saturday, inspiring the Rev. Dana Darby's Sunday sermon, "Let's Go Fishin.'"


Tip leads to bombs, possible school attack

ALBANY - The Benton County district attorney says a citizen's tip last week that a student planned to set off bombs at an Oregon school may have prevented mass murder.

John Haroldson says the tip led to seizure of six homemade bombs made by 17-year-old Grant Alan Acord, a student at West Albany High School.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports investigators also found checklists, a detailed plan and a diagram of the high school.

Haroldson says the documents included a date when the youth might have used the bombs in a plan modeled after the 1999 incident at Colorado's Columbine High School shooting that left 13 dead and 21 wounded.


Angelina Jolie's aunt dies of breast cancer

ESCONDIDO - Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie revealed she'd had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt died from the disease Sunday.

Debbie Martin died at age 61 at a hospital in Escondido, near San Diego, her husband, Ron Martin, told The Associated Press.

Debbie Martin was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, whose own death from ovarian cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie described in a May 14 op-ed in the New York Times.

New York

Patient, wife ID'd in deadly plane crash

EPHRATAH - A brain cancer patient and his wife were on board the volunteer medical flight piloted by a Connecticut man that crashed in central New York, authorities said Sunday.

Frank and Evelyn Amerosa of Utica were aboard an Angel Flight on Friday night when the twin-engine aircraft went down in Ephratah, a sleepy town about an hour west of Albany, according to police and family members.

Officials and family said John Campbell, 70, of Stamford, Conn., was flying the couple back from the Boston area, where Frank Amerosa was being treated for brain cancer.

The Associated Press